The Bruin Buzz Word

It's a new BRO feature: The Bruin Buzz Word. It brings together all of the recent recruiting tidbits -- with some additional nuggets -- and gives it to you in one big story...

• The #1 tight end in the nation for 2015, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Alize Jones, will visit for the ASU game. Jones grew up a UCLA fan, and we're hearing UCLA is doing very well with him.

• Orange Lutheran (Calif.) five-star, Keisean Lucier-South, the #2-ranked defensive end in the nation for 2015, who is attending the UCLA-ASU game, said UCLA and Texas are probably his top two schools right now.

• We're hearing UCLA has a very good chance to get Jaleel Wadood, the #8-ranked safety in the nation for 2014, who is taking his official visit to UCLA this weekend. This is huge in many ways, both for his talent and for how well respected Jaleel is in SoCal circles by other recruits. USC is right there, and if he doesn't commit over the weekend, USC could be right back in it.

Viane Talamaivao, the Coronal Centennial lineman, made a significant move this week when he flipped from Alabama to USC. It's not just significant because Talamaivao is a talented prospect, but he's close with many of UCLA's targets, like Damien Mama, Kammy Delp, Juju Smith and Ainuu Taua. We suspect that UCLA will take another shot at Talamaivao.

• One of the reasons UCLA offensive line recruiting is in a bit of a rut at the moment was the de-commitments of JC prospects Dominick Jackson and Jermaine Eluemunor. UCLA had commitments from them both, and a silent commitment from Demetrius Knox (who then verbally committed to Ohio State), so UCLA offensive line recruiting has been recovering from that for the last several months. Ultimately we heard that Jackson and Eluemunor, both being JC students, would be required to take classes this summer to enroll at UCLA, and neither wanted to do it.

• Defensive tackle prospect Trey Lealaimatafao, from San Antonio (Tex.) Earl Warren, is officially visiting UCLA this weekend. This is one of the prospects committed elsewhere we told you about a monthy ago who would officially visit. Lealaimatafao has shown interest in UCLA, and the UCLA coaches have stayed on him. We've heard, however, that it's going to be tough to shake him from his Texas commitment, but Lealaimatafao is intrigued with UCLA, and wants to see if a Texas kid can fit in.

• The other prospect we referred to that was committed elsewhere who UCLA was still involved with is Bryson Allen-Williams, the nation's #11 outside linebacker and committed to South Carolina. Allen-Williams is officially visiting UCLA this weekend, and we've heard he has maintained his contact with the UCLA staff since last summer. The word is that it could be tough to get him to switch from South Carolina, but when he took an unofficial visit to UCLA last spring he was very high on the Bruins, and is still open-minded about UCLA.

• We're hearing that UCLA is doing very well with 2014 tight end Bryce Dixon, from Ventura St. Bonaventure.

• We think UCLA could offer St. John Bosco defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Saturday when he comes to the ASU game. He's had a good season, looks good on tape, and then when they see him in person UCLA will be impressed. Tuioti-Mariner is 6-4 and fairly lean (plays volleyball) but probably weighs 265 pounds. That's the kind of body you can build a defensive lineman out of.

• The #1 offensive guard prospect in the country for 2014, Damien Mama, announced his four finalists: Alabama, USC, UCLA and BYU. We've heard that USC is going to be tough to beat, while UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has put a big target on Mama. Klemm, too, has taken over the recruitment of all St. John Bosco prospects.

• We're hearing that it's unlikely that receiver commitments Dionte Sykes and Barry Ware will end up signing with UCLA. The academic requirements more than likely will preclude them.

Glen Ihenacho, who UCLA had stopped recruiting aggressively, committed to Oregon. The feeling is that UCLA will probably get Wadood, and then have a very good chance with Louisian safety prospect Mattrell McGraw and Bellevue (Wash.) four-star Budda Baker.

• UCLA will have its best turnouts of recruits for a game this season on Saturday for the ASU game, in what is its last chance to host recruits at the Rose Bowl this season. Here's the impressive list of the prospects expected to come.

• One thing to consider: Newly-committed cornerback John Plattenburg is close with Baker. The two were on the same 7-on-7 team at Nike's The Opening and got close. They said last summer that they'd be going to the same college together.

• The #5 running back in the nation, Joe Mixon, will attend the UCLA-Arizona State game. UCLA is definitely in the hunt for Mixon now. UCLA assistant Adrian Klemm is now assigned to recruit Mixon, along with some pretty strong assistance from Jim Mora, who has spoken to Mixon a couple of times a week for the last few weeks.

• It was rumored on Twitter that Coronal Centennial running back Tre Watson flipped his commitment from Cal to UCLA this week, but we spoke with Watson and he denied it. We have heard, however, that Watson is favoring UCLA at this time and a flip is very possible, and potentially soon.

Adarius Pickett, the cornerback prospect from El Cerrito, has had an exceptional year on both sides of the ball, winning both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year award in his league. That league includes his teammates, Arizona-committed linebacker D.J. Calhoun, Cal-committed receiver Jalen Harvey and others.


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